Dune Director Slams WarnerMedia, believes HBO Max Deal could have killed the franchise

WarnerMedia’s recent announcement that they will be releasing their latest movies on HBO Max at the same time they are in theaters has sent shock waves across Hollywood. Some of the industrial giant’s partners are threatening lawsuits, while others vow never to work with Warner again. Denis Villeneuve, who teamed up with Warner to direct the upcoming film duneonly to find out that his film will also go the streaming route, he wrote an essay for Variety beating AT&T, Warner’s lead company, for putting profits over love of cinema.

“I heard on the news that Warner Bros. has decided to put Dune on HBO Max at the same time as our theatrical release, using prominent images from our film to promote their streaming service. With that decision, AT & T one of the most prestigious and important studios in motion picture history. There’s absolutely no love for cinema and audiences here. It’s about the survival of a telecommunications mammoth, currently with an astronomical debt of more than $ 150 billion, in Dune to the cinema and the public, in AT&T to survive on Wall Street. After the launch of HBO Max had failed so far, AT&T decided to sacrifice Warner Bros. ‘entirely in 2021 in a desperate attempt to attract the attention of the To excite the audience. ”
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Clear, Denis Villeneuve is in no mood for tact or diplomacy when it comes to describing Warner’s actions in relation to Dune and their creative partnerships in general. The filmmaker goes on to explain that while he sees online streaming as a positive addition to the world of visual storytelling, movies like Dune should be in theaters.

“Streaming services are a positive and powerful addition to the film and TV ecosystem, but I want the audience to understand that streaming alone cannot support the film industry as we knew it before [the current global health emergency]. Streaming can produce great content, but not movies of Dune size and scope. Warner Bros. ‘ Decision means Dune doesn’t have a chance to step up financially to be viable, and piracy will ultimately triumph. Warner Bros. may just have killed the Dune franchise. This one is for the fans. AT & T’s John Stankey said the pouring horse left the barn. In truth, the horse left the stable for the slaughterhouse. ”

Directed by Denis Villeneuve from a script he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, Dune Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Zendaya as Chani, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh, Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr. Liet Kynes, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, Dave Bautista Glossu Rabban, David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Stephen Henderson as Thufir Hawat and Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck. The film will hit theaters and on HBO Max on October 1, 2021. That news comes through Variety.

Topics: Dune, HBO Max, Streaming, Cinemas

Neeraj Chand

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